From CU Sports Information
STEPHENVILLE, Texas—For the first time since the 1996-97 season the Cameron University men’s basketball team gets a big win at Tarleton State on their home floor, 71-62.
The Texans have been known for their home court advanatage and hold a .800 win percentage at Wisdom Gym. However, streaks come to an end and they did Wednesday night.
The first half was a well-played ball game for both teams. The score was tied six times and there were seven lead changes in the first half. Tarleton State was able to capitalize off of the Aggies turnover by getting 11 points off of CU’s eight turnovers in the first half.
Cameron did well spreading the ball around in the first half. Three Aggies had five points at the half and three others went into the half with four points each.
Both teams shot the ball well in the first half. The Aggies shot 42% from the field, going 33% from behind the arc and 75% from the charity stripe. The Texans went 48% from the field in the first half, hitting three of their six three point attempts and four of their nine free throws.
The second half was a lot like the first. The Texans came out and scored the first three points of the half and the Aggies responded with five points of their own. This continued for most of the second half, until Asaad Robinson hit a long three pointer to get the Aggies to within one and then Tim Johnson converted a fast break layup to give them the lead. The Aggies would not give back the lead as Robinson and Rudy Harrell hit key shots down the stretch and the rest of the team hit free throws to put the game away in the last seconds with a 71-62 lead.
The Aggies were on fire in the second half, hitting 53.6% of their shots with a 30% three point percentage and a 64.3% free throw percentage.
Cameron got key contributions from multiple players tonight. Asaad Robinson hit 4-8 from behind the arc, on the way to 17 points and four rebounds. Craig Foster had 13 points, three rebounds, three assists, and two steals and Trevor Smith added 10 points of his own to the Cameron win.
The Aggies shot 48% from the field tonight, going 31.8% from behind the arc and 66.7% from the charity stripe. They had more turnovers than Tarleton with 14, but out-rebounded the Texans 38-27. Cameron’s bench should get some credit as they had 26 total points, compared to TSU’s 12 points off the bench.
Tarleton State shot 45.1% from the field, 33.3% from the three point line, and 50% from the free throw line.
With this win the Aggies improve to 8-5 overall and 4-3 in LSC conference games. The Texans’ dropped to 8-4 overall and 2-3 in LSC games.
For their next matchup, Cameron will head home to the Aggie Gym to take on Texas A&M-Commerce at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12.
STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Despite a 20 point performance from Brittany Harris, the Aggie women fell to Tarleton State, 50-89.
The first half started off fast with the TexAnns hitting their first shot only ten seconds into the game. Cameron was able to take an early 5-3 lead after a converted three point play by Brittany Harris. From there, Tarleton took over the first half. They used multiple point runs to gain a big lead on CU, at one point late in the half leading by 26. The score at the half was 48-22, Tarleton State.
Missed shots and turnovers hurt the Aggies in the first 20 minutes; Cameron had 10 turnovers in the first half with Tarleton scoring 12 points off of those turnovers. Cameron shot 28.6% from the field in the first half, going 1-5 from three, but 5-5 from the free throw line. CU is being out-rebounded 11-18 with Lacey Rienke grabbing five boards before the half.
Harris led the Aggies in the first frame with 12 points. Five other Aggies have two points as well.
The TexAnns shot 72% from the field, and were 2-2 from behind the arc and 10-13 from the charity stripe. Their leading scorers at the half were Shanae Lowrance with 10 points and Kiara Wright with nine points.
Cameron improved early in the second half, matching TSU’s intensity up until the 10 minute mark. From then on the TexAnns would hold a comfortable lead and win the game 50-89.
Cameron shot a better 31.8% from the field in the second half, yet was still not able to get their three point shots to fall, going 1-6 from behind the arc. On a positive note, the Aggies did shoot well from the charity stripe, hitting 13-14 in the second half.
Harris led the Aggies with 20 points tonight, which is her Cameron career high in points and one point short of her career high of 21 points which she set at Seminole State Junior College. Chelsea Stamp, who only had two points at the half, stepped up in the second and a scored eight more points to give her 10 for the game.
Rienke was the Aggies leading rebounder with nine boards; she also had four points and three steals.
The Aggies shot 30% from the field for the game, hitting 18.2% of their three point shots and 94.7% of their free throw shots.
TSU was on fire tonight, shooting 61% from the field and 50% from behind the arc. They were also 80% from the free throw line.
The TexAnns controlled the paint, scoring 50 points in the paint, compared to the Aggies 18 points in the half. CU was also out-rebounded 33-28 and had eight more turnovers the Tarleton State with 20.
The Aggies will head back home to take on Texas A&M-Commerce on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 2 pm, in the Aggie Gym.
Kenton Means is the Sports Information Assistant at Cameron University.